Singer-songwriter Dan Navarro spent more than 20 years as part of the acclaimed acoustic duo Lowen and Navarro; has penned songs covered by other notable artists (including the Grammy-nominated “We Belong” as sung by Pat Benatar); has been a singer and voice actor in numerous movies, television series and commercials; and is an ardent champion of songwriters’ and performers’ rights. Since the 2009 retirement of his late musical partner Eric Lowen, he’s been touring widely as a solo artist. Kathy Sands-Boehmer spoke with Navarro recently. To read her Q & A with him, click on the headline.
JUNO Award-winning Canadian band Blackie and The Rodeo Kings' January release, South, was #1 on Roots Music Report's new monthly Top 50 Roots/Americana Albums Chart for February 2014. Rounding out the top 10 most-played albums were discs by The Stray Birds, Brandy Clark, Guy Clark, Little Miss Higgins & The Winnipeg Five, The Greencards, Mandolin Orange, Michael Martin Murphey, Tim Easton and Ray Benson. [Roots Music Report's first monthly Top 50 Roots/American Albums Chart is posted with permission on AcousticMusicScene.com. To view it, click on the headline.]
Bright Side of Down, the new release by singer-songwriter John Gorka, was the most-played album on folk radio during February 2014, closely followed by Where Have All The Flowers Gone? The Songs of Pete Seeger, according to charts compiled by Richard Gillmann from radio playlists submitted to FOLKDJ-L, an electronic discussion group for DJs and others interested in all folk-based music on the radio. Gorka's "Holed Up in Mason City" was reportedly the month's most-played song. The monthly top albums and songs charts are posted with permission on AcousticMusicScene.com. To view them, click on the headline.
Nerissa and Katryna Nields have been making, performing and recording their special brand of music and quirky and emotive songs for more than two decades. Kathy Sands-Boehmer recently spoke with them about their latest album, The Full Catastrophe, and more. [To read Kathy’s Q & A with the sisters, click on the headline.]
Kansas City, Missouri may be better known for jazz, blues, barbecue chefs and the football Chiefs. However, more than 2,000 people are expected to converge on this midwestern U.S. metropolis Feb. 19-23, 2014, for the 26th Annual International Folk Alliance Conference and a new Winter Music Camp that will run concurrently with it. [To continue reading the article, click on the headline.]
Online submissions are being accepted until March 14, 2014 in the ninth annual performing songwriting contest produced by The Philadelphia Songwriters Project. Songs will be evaluated by music industry professionals based on lyrics, music and performance quality. [To read the full article, click on the headline.]
Nickel Creek, the popular progressive acoustic trio that went on a self-described “indefinite hiatus” in 2007, is reuniting. To mark its 25th anniversary, the Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum-selling band will embark on a U.S. tour this spring and summer and is at work on a new album. [To read the full article and view a video of Nickel Creek performing a song from its forthcoming album, click on the headline.]
The Boxcar Lilies, Darlingside, Connor Garvey and Roosevelt Dime have been invited to participate in the Most Wanted Song Swap at this summer’s Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. They were chosen in balloting by 2013 festival goers from among 24 artists/bands who performed in last year’s Falcon Ridge/Grassy Hill Emerging Artists Showcase. [To read the full article and view videos of the "Most Wanted" artists, click on the headline.]
Serena Ryder, an Ontario-based folk-rock singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, is among the top nominees in the 2014 JUNO Awards, the Canadian equivalent of the Grammys. Nominees also were named for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year Solo and Group. [To read the full article, click on the headline.]
The Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) presented its 40th Annual Bluegrass Music Awards on February 2, 2014 at the Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. Winners in 23 categories were honored during an awards show that capped the nonprofit organization’s national convention. [To read the full article and see the list of winners, click on the headline.]
Inside Llewyn Davis, the T-Bone Burnett-produced original soundtrack album for the 2013 Coen brothers' film of the same name, was the most-played album on folk radio during January 2014 and also sported several of the month's most-played songs, according to charts compiled by Richard Gillmann from radio playlists submitted to FOLKDJ-L, an electronic discussion group for DJs and others interested in all folk-based music on the radio. "King of the Folksingers" by Indiana-based singer-songwriter Tim Grimm was reportedly the month's most-played song. [The top albums and songs charts are posted with permission on AcousticMusicScene.com. To view them, click on the headline.]
Guy Clark's My Favorite Picture of You, fresh off winning the Grammy Award for Folk Album of the Year, topped the Roots Music Report folk radio chart last week.. The River & The Thread, the latest release from singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash, retained the #1 spot on the Americana/roots country chart. [To view .the Folk and Americana/Roots Country Top 50 albums charts, which are posted with permission on AcousticMusicScene.com, click on the headline.]